I am so out of blogging shape. It feels like a muscle that hasn't been exercised in a while. Why yes, it is a muscle that hasn't been used in a while! What's my excuse? Busy. I know, it is a rather flabby excuse (but thematic!).
I have been so bad that I never told you about my NYC trip in *cough, cough* October. I went to six NYC yarn stores! Would it be too late? For those of you who are Lyle Lovett fans, it is not too late, I can make it a cheeseburger. For the rest of you, please pardon my free association brain.
While I have been slacking, Lilli in Finland has been busy! She came across my Toe-up Gusseted Heel Tutorial and used it liberally in her holiday knitting. Just look at all those lovely socks! She has even done a Finnish translation of my tutorial! Check it out even if you don't speak Finnish; she made a great chart of the heel turn that is very handy. Thank you Lilli!
I have been doing a bit of knitting. There are several sock patterns waiting in the wings including a pair I made for my grandmother. Sweet little cables in a fingering weight yarn that I indigo dyed. More details soon when I post the pattern.
It is a good thing I have been making new socks. Half of my socks have turned up with holes in them lately. Here is my big ole stack of sadness. One of my all time favorites, my BFL handspun socks are in there. They have just one hole on the ball of my foot where most of my socks fail first. Anyone have a brilliant idea for recycling old socks or sock darning resources? I want to try to salvage some of them. I'd hate to use Stephanie's method of standing over the garbage can and loudly exclaiming "darn socks!".
Speaking of asking for advice, I have decided what I will do with my 2-ply Morehouse Merino yarn. Thank you for the votes and great ideas. As some of you suggested, I am playing with modular patterns. I think I know what I want to do; I just need the right size double pointed needles. I like the cheap metal ones available at chain craft stores. Unfortunately, my local chain craft store doesn't believe in maintaining stock. Grrr! More on that project soon.
In recent news regarding knitting and social events, I went to Becca's New Year, New Project Knit-in. We were required to bring and start a new project. I learned that I am not good at starting new projects in public. I wanted to start a new pair of socks based on a sock pattern I'd already knit (called Hudson Line, it is one of my new patterns coming soon). This pair was in a different yarn at a slightly different gauge. I spent time fiddling with formatting the pattern stitch for the new yarn, plinking around in my laptop (my master spreadsheet of socky goodness), and swatching. Finally, a toe was created. It is a great to except that the gauge is too loose. I need a needle size that I didn't have on me. Sad. That is the downfall of liking cheap needles, you have no qualms about leaving sets in abandoned WIPs indefinitely. It is easier to go buy more. Maybe.
Bad blogger that I am, I didn't take any pictures to blog. (Recall the flabby blog muscle syndrome mentioned aove.) Hopefully our lovely host will fill in the details soon. I did get to see the Knit Picks metal sock needle set in person. Celia had one and I had to use all my restraint to not steal it. It has US sizes 0-3 in both metric versions of size 1 & 2. Huh? Yup, that means 2.25mm AND 2.5mm, both referred to as size 1 and 2.75mm AND 3mm, both referred to as size 2! Best of all, they have nice pointy points. Love that! My set is already in the mail.
It must be time for a nap after this blog work-out. Or maybe a strong cup of tea.